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Chair of the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board
Janet is an award-winning business journalist with extensive knowledge of the maritime industry, and in recent years a particular focus on the container shipping sector.
She chairs the Lloyd’s List Editorial Board, an independent panel of experts who provide guidance and advice to the editorial team to ensure the highest standards of journalism are maintained.
Prior to that, Janet was responsible for overseeing coverage of the global container shipping industry for two of the world's leading maritime publications, Lloyd's List and Containerisation International.
Janet has often been the first to report some of the industry’s biggest events. She broke the story that AP Moller-Maersk was poised to take over P&O Nedlloyd. The details were so accurate that trading in P&O Nedlloyd's shares on the Amsterdam stock exchange was suspended until an official statement was issued the following day, confirming the acquisition talks.
More recently, she was in overall charge of Containerisation International as it was fully integrated into the Lloyd’s List group. This included publication of a monthly magazine plus daily online news and analysis. At a time when container shipping is in the throes of the biggest upheaval in its 60 years history, CI has provided the most comprehensive coverage available of all the changes taking place, and how these will affect the future shape of the industry.
Before joining Lloyd’s List, Janet was London correspondent and bureau chief for The Journal of Commerce, then a daily New York-based business paper that became part of the Economist Group, covering a broad range of industries from shipping, aviation, insurance and surface transportation to regulation and trade policy, while also managing a network of European correspondents and editing their articles.
Latest From Janet Porter
Change at the top at Evergreen Marine comes a few days after compatriot line Yang Ming also announced a new chairman
Safety grouping hopes a trickle-down effect will improve practices where containers are packed, but previous voluntary efforts to improve supply chain safety have led to regulation
The world’s largest container group has warned that positions will be axed as a result of the restructuring that will see the Safmarine brand go. But new jobs are being created as a result of the need for different skill sets as processes are automated and digitalised
The Maersk Etienne impasse exposed serious gaps in international law, with no clear instruction about what happens next after anyone in difficulty at sea is rescued. Politicians must find a solution quickly or lives will be lost and seafarers could essentially become political hostages
Chief technical officer Tommy Thomassen says Maersk Tankers will not ignore those in need of help at sea, despite the five-week ordeal that saw 27 rescued migrants unable to disembark from one of its ships. However, he wants politicians to step up and do their duty as well
Although Denmark has said it hopes the 27 refugees picked up in early August by Maersk Etienne will be allowed to disembark in Tunisia, the ship has remained in the same place off the coast of Malta, according to Lloyd's List Intelligence. V.Ships chief executive of ship management Franck Kayser joins others such as the International Chamber of Shipping in speaking out and calling for action